Saturday, January 23, 2010

Jaden's Broccoli Beef, from The Pioneer Woman


My quest to post recipes that I've made weeks ago, continues-- and this recipe, is no exception.  I've finally accepted that I can only  post recipes 1-2 times a week, only because my work and other obligations don't allow enough time for me to blog on a daily basis.  How so many of you manage to post, daily,  leaves me feeling in awe and a bit envious-- in a good way!  The beauty of blogging meals that have been enjoyed, long ago, is that I can make "repeats" of my favorite recipes-- and to take a break from photographing each step. I think my husband appreciates my "foodography" hiatus, because dinner can be ready in half the time and he doesn't have to wait for me to photograph his dinner.  Many of you must certainly relate to this!

About this recipe-- it comes from The Pioneer Woman's blog, but it's really Jaden, from Steamy Kitchen's Recipe Blog and her new cookbook.  Truthfully, I wasn't thrilled with my photographs-- hence, my reluctance to post this. I was in a hurry to get dinner on the table, and I had run out of natural light. So much for excuses-- I'm going to post the recipe, anyway, because it was super fast to make and I liked it.  Let's begin:


Ree used flank steak, but I had just purchased some Carne Asada think sliced beef. It was very inexpensive. The ingredients are staples that I keep on hand. While I'm very much a beginner with Asian recipes, I am wanting to learn how to make simple dishes like this. I used mirin, oyster sauce and soy sauce.


The sauce is simple to make-- but I strongly suggest that you double...even triple...the stir fry sauce-- which is made with rice wine (or Mirin), balsamic vinegar (I didn't have Chinese Black vinegar) and oyster sauce.


For the record-- I don't care for oysters.  My oyster sauce is labeled "Oyster Flavored Sauce". It's inexpensive, easy to find and it really gives great flavor to Asian dishes. Try it! It's really good in sauces. You also need to make a beef marinade, which consists of cornstarch, soy sauce and cooking oil.  The beef is marinated, with this sauce, for about 10 minutes...


... like that.


The rest is easy-- I have a non-stick wok (one day I'll invest in a real one). Using a high heat oil, the garlic is quickly sauteed,  for 15-20 seconds. Then the beef is cooked, which goes quickly. Since I didn't use flank steak, it was hard to get a great sear.  Last, the stir fry sauce is added-- and I had to quickly make more sauce. I really felt that I wanted a lot more stir-fry sauce, and I do highly recommend increasing it. Your decision....


The broccoli florets were steamed in a little bit of water, with a lid on the pot. This goes really fast. Last, add the broccoli to the beef and...


...dinner is ready.  This is a super fast weeknight meal.  I think kids would actually eat their broccoli, with this meal.  I would make this recipe again, but I'd invest in a little extra money and make it with flank steak. That way I could cut the meat strips a little wider and get a better "brown" on them.


If you want to see Ree's gorgeous photos of how to make this dish-- and they are much better than mine-- please visit her blog!  I'm going to include this dish for my bi-weekly roundup of food bloggers who have made The Pioneer Woman's recipes.  So far, it's been a quiet week for submissions.  My partner-in-crime, Muneeba, had her baby delivered via C-Section. I've not heard a peep from her for days, but I assume that she is at home and adjusting to being a first-time mom.  I'll carry on, and post a roundup on Monday. If you've made a recipe from the Pioneer Woman, in the last week, please visit "Foodie Fans of the Pioneer Woman" for details.

Enjoying my weekend,





Chinese Beef Broccoli featured by the Pioneer Woman

This recipe comes from Jaden’s  (from The Steamy Kitchen ...

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16 comments:

Frieda said...

That looks so good! I think I have a piece of London Broil in the freezer that would work...

Kim said...

I've been having a love affair with broccoli lately and this looks delicious and full of flavor! Congrats to Muneeba. I just sent in a submission tonight.

SteamyKitchen said...

Thanks for trying the recipe!

George Gaston said...

Pam, do you deliver?

I have not had good Broccoli & Beef since I left New York City. There I had a wonderful small Chinese shop just around the corner, that delivered within minutes of my call... always piping hot and the most perfect balance of flavors & ingredients.

Thanks for passing on this incredible recipe....

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Looks like a classic! I'll have to look for that cut of beef.

Jenny said...

Sounds good to me - may even make the menu this week!

Claudia said...

It's time to ressurect the wok. It's been sitting down in the basement so long it must be lonely. Truly delicious- perfect was to eat brocolli - just steamed and pass through a stir-fry and hearty enough for all. Grand meal!

Karen said...

For some reason I always think that Asian dishes are difficult to prepare... lots of prep work, etc. This looks pretty easy and quick, too!

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Delicious! I have Jaden's book on my wishlist. I love Asian flavours.

Simple Simon said...

I just purchased both The Steamy Kitchen and Pioneer Woman Cooks cookbooks and I love them both. I am making Shrimp Fried Rice for dinner tonight and can't wait to try it.

I'm with you on trying to juggle work/family/blog all at once. Something has to give sometimes and it's usually the blog. Keep up the wonderful entries...they're great.

Debinhawaii said...

It looks like a simple and delicious dish--I think your pictures look just fine too! ;-)

Pam said...

I love broccoli and beef - this recipe looks like a keeper!

TKW said...

Debby,

As always, you never steer us wrong. If there is anything I can do to help you with the JERKS who are stealing your pictures (I know this will shock you, but I can be quite...forceful :) let me know.

Anonymous said...

i JUST made this the other night and it was AWESOME!!!!!!! i am still working on my blog (which should be up soon), but i've made a few things by PW so i'll share them. regardless, this recipe was quick, simple and OH SO YUMMY!!

Adeana

Ingrid said...

Yes, more sauce please. Sauce is my friend. :)

Looks great and pretty quick to get on the table, too. Thanks for passing the recipe along.
~ingrid

Cristie said...

I think this look great, and I love that you are honest. I will give this recipe a try and make it with more sauce as you suggest.